Arkansas boat registration summary is a free resource designed to inform the boating public about registration requirements, recording methods, and title search guidelines for the State of Arkansas. The data is maintained as an open wiki forum where readers are encouraged to participate by sharing knowledge and experiences with this particular state. Simply click on the "Wiki-Share" link to contribute further details or suggest a revision.
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State of Arkansas
Department of Finance and Administration
Boat Registration Website
State Revenue Offices
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|Registration Overview||Arkansas boat registrations are administered by the Department of
Finance and Administration and are handled through their regional revenue offices.
Arkansas is a "registration only" state and does not issue boat titles. Titling and
registration is not required for outboard boat motors. Boat trailers must be
registered but are not issued titles.
Boat registration numbers in Arkansas begin with an "AR" designation which is
followed by four numbers and then two letters. These must be displayed on all
non-documented boats along with registration sticker tabs.
Registration in Arkansas is required on all boats propelled by sail or motor,
including trolling motors. Coast Guard documented vessels are exempt from
registration. Boats registered in another state are also exempt from registration
for a visitation period of 90 days. Arkansas does
not issue conditional or bonded boat registrations, but has other provisions for
registering boats without a previous title or registration.
|Ownership and Liens||Arkansas does not issue boat titles therefore security interests in
non-documented boats are recorded through Uniform Commercial Code filings. Tax liens are sometimes flagged in the state's registration
database, recorded as Uniform Commercial Code filings, shown on state revenue records,
or filed with a county clerk's office. There are no provisions for recording mechanic's
liens or other non-secured claims against registered boats which are not documented.
|Title Searches||Boat registration records in Arkansas are maintained by the Office
of Motor Vehicles. It does not facilitate online searches for the general public
but registration information may be obtained by submitting a Boat Record Request
form. It is also reported that they will verify information from registration
certificates in hand. Boat security interests in non-documented boats can be found
by searching the state's Uniform Commercial Code records. Information on how to go
about this can be found on their Secretary of State website or by
using a public record vendor.
Abstract of Title
Arkansas Fish and Game Commission
Arkansas Secretary of State
Boat Record Request Form
Business Entity Search
National Vessel Documentation Center
Public Record Vendors
Vessel Documentation Companies
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